Full meeting notes
We had an excellent meeting, do join in or if you can help, get in touch. Coming up:
TOMORROW Sat 7th KONP stall 12 noon on Commercial St, between Boots and Lands Lane, opposite the Coop bank. We will be asking the public to sign cards to their MP and put in our postbox, as we did on 10th Dec
WEDNESDAY 11th JAN : Supporting ambulance pickets. Gilda aiming to be at Seacroft ambulance station 9.30 – 11am . There may be pickets in LS9, Bramley and South Leeds too . Will send more info later.
WED 18th JAN SOME OF US WILL SUPPORT STRIKING NURSES AT HARROGATE HOSPITAL 9.30 – 11 as we think Leeds nurses are not called out this time. We may go back to H’gate on 19th.
SAT FEB 4th NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION ON THE CRISIS IN THE NHS. Focus likely to be LGI. Planning starts over a coffee tomorrow after the stall !
SAT 11th Feb KONP AGM on zoom
THE NEXT MEETING OF LEEDS KEEP OUR NHS PBLIC WIL BE ON WED 18th Jan. 6.30- 8pm
Ambulance workers are coming out on 11th Jan. Need to check if the central station, in Leeds 9 , which is mainly Unison is out; last strike they came out at noon, also Bramley and south Leeds. RCN are calling people out on 18th and 19th Jan but this is selective and it looks as if Leeds not included this time. The closest action is Harrogate, as above, York plus the Integrated Care Board in Wakefield. Unite are still balloting and there is talk of RCN re-balloting in some areas.
This is the major issue at the moment with daily headlines about the crisis. We thought there should be a national day of action. John noted that SOS NHS meets tomorrow and he will feed in our view.
We Own It is calling for an event in London on 25th Feb.
We discussed media coverage, the Lack of analysis and challenge to the Govt’s narrative. John and his co-chair Tony O’Sullivan have been doing TV interviews but mainly LBC & Talk TV.
Channel 4 have been in touch with us re a programme they are planning on the NHS. They are looking for a balanced audience but info sparse and not sure whether people will get much opportunity to speak. John has offered to contribute and will find out more. Martin would be happy to contribute as doc and patient if there is opportunity. John has written to the YEP and guardian re the crisis
NHS 75th birthday. We discussed whether we wanted to organise another demonstration or do something different. Given it is the 75th b’day we agreed it is definitely worth doing. We thought 1st July probably better than 8th but need to check whether there are clashing events in Leeds Centre and talk to KONP / SOSNHS re national plans so we dovetail. We also need to ask the Samba band to play asap. G & J To raise the date at KONP SG on 21st Jan. G to enquire with LCC and the traffic management company re available dates.